Tuesday, July 17, 2007

We don't think you're all so abominable

Says web pal Josie:

Schmooze: etymology: Yiddish shmuesn, intransitive verb : to converse informally : CHAT; also : to chat in a friendly and persuasive manner... transitive verb : to engage in schmoozing. Well, it seems I have been awarded the Schmooze Award by not one but two of our blogging friends, LGS and TomCat. My gosh, I'm honored, and a little bit embarrassed because my boring-little-blog is just fluff. But this is indeed a compliment, particularly coming from these two extremely savvy, intelligent folks. The problem with memes is that we have to pass them on, and the difficulty is in finding someone to pass them on to. I mean, I have a list of blogs down my side bar of people I love to visit. How can I choose just five from that wonderful list? Well, there's a little catch-22 here. Because I was tagged twice, I get to choose ten people. (Five x two = ten.) Ha!
So, in no particular order, here they are. And I would advise everyone to click on the links here and visit these great people.
Ivan - Well, we all know Ivan is the king of the schmoozers, and a great writer.
Geewits - A lady with the most irreverant and fun sense of humor I know.
Hearts - One of the funniest writers I have ever read, male or female.
Liz - A fellow Quark, a fabulous writer and a good friend.
Donnetta - Likewise a fellow Quark, also a fabulous writer and a good friend.
Pam - Another Quark, a good friend, and she has the most fabulous photographs.
JMB - A very classy lady, who definitely raises the blogging bar.Sylvia - She and I go way back, to when dr*am w*aver roamed the earth.
Mark - A man who bravely walks to the beat of his own drummer.
JR - We thought we had lost JR for a while, but he's baaaack.
Pekka - the honorary schmoozer award goes to Pekka, who really needs to upgrade his computer and get a blog, because he's no glue-sniffing moron
.OK. I guess this is sort of in the form of a meme.
Says Ivan:

I have selected my five nominees for the schmooze award, though, like Josie, I hate to narrow it down to just five, so many good writers and schmoozers out there.

I had previously honored JR's Thumbprints & other such Vagaries with my Big Foot award ("We don't think you're so abominable") but the Schmooze award seems a little more respectable. Heh.

So here are my picks for the schmooze award:

JR's Thumbprints & other such Vagaries


Sela Carsen~Author :: What Was I Thinking?

Inside our hands, outside our hearts The Emotional Being

Jaye's Blahg


Bring in those sheaves.

Schmooze party afterwards.



benjibopper said...

hoodingle! what a awna [honour]! thanks Ivan - i have to give this some serious thought before sharing the love.

EA Monroe said...

Hey, Ivan. It's about time someone tagged JR. I bet he's learned a lot about schmoozing from his students! I probably won't get around to schmoozing until this weekend. ~Liz

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

It'kind of a brilliant, open-ended idea. You get tagged, but you can still claim the award.


Josie said...

No more memes! No more memes!

No more memes!


ivan@creativewriting.ca said...


I agree with "no more memes."

But didn't we have a lot of fun with this one.

I was also going to declare my blog "YouTube free", but I'm sure someone yet is going to send me a snapper.

Like JR's fish footage?

Hm fish footage.
Little suckers wearing shoes now? :)


Jaye Wells said...

I think I'm honored.

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Cheers, Jaye.


Sela Carsen said...

Schmoozing? I'm merely a talented amateur. ;)

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Certainly able, Sela.

Me? I'm sort of an old pro.

Like a retired Ho.


HeiressChild said...

hi ivan, congrats to you on your schmoozing award. i'm still working on my schmoozing award post from josie, but should have it finished and up by tomorrow nite.

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...


Josie certainly gets us moving.
Livens up our corner of the blogosphere.


ivan@creativewriting.ca said...



Damn those make-work projects.

Upgrading the electrical meter.
...Tell me another one!

Hope computer will be ok after all this B.S.

Hope to be back on air by noon.


http://www.creativewritng.ca said...




HeiressChild said...

welcome back. don't 'cha just hate those power outages?

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Hi heiresschild,

Yes. Power outages...my phone hooked up to a modem.
Telemarketers found a way into my answering service anyway.
There is no justice! :-)

And it's hotter here than Florida.


TomCat said...

Congrats, Ivan. Award memes are the only ones I'll do, and those only because they are an opportunity to honor deserving bloggers. :-)

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

you are most cool.

Thank you.

I will wear it proudly, along with the others.


JR's Thumbprints said...

Schmoozing will get you killed in the joint. I don't know if I'm up to it, or worthy. Give me a few days.

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...


I'm sure you don't mean my "Abominable Snowman" award. :)

The Quarks have taken a shine to your and they all say you deserve the Schmoozer award.
I'm putting mine up on my sidebar as soon as I figure out how.

Yeah, schmoozing in the showers can lead to strange rituals and subsequent explanations to
the prison doctor. Like,
"I sat on my cell phone--and as for the dollar sixty five in change
and the two AA batteries, I don't know how they got in there!"



Josie said...

Ivan, I see you're drinking the good stuff again... :-)


Ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Heh heh.

Many, many years ago, at the Vancouver public Aquarium, they found a crocodile stuffed with nine flashbulb cubes, a couple of empty packages of PEZ, and ninety three cents in change.

Crocodiles sleep with their mouths open, and so, and so--tourists mistook them for wishing wells?
...In with the pennies and not a small amount of garbage and pocket lint.
This would rock a croc.
They all got indigestion.

Now, I'm thinking in prison, some of the "girlfriends" would maybe sleep in inviting positions--with the same result?

Somehow brings to mind that old "The Cabin Boy, The Cabin Boy" limerick.
Vulcanizing their skippers.

Yes, yes, I had a misspent youth in the service, though I never vulcanized my skipper.

Rococo, what?


Inside our hands, outside our hearts said...

You guys crack me up. So often I come here and I will read and then read the responses and well, I am smiling everytime. How wonderful to know you are here.

I do not even know what to say ... I am just a simple poet. But quite honored by you. Thank you.

Inside our hands, outside our hearts said...

By the way, the emotional being site is back up....

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Thanks, "inside".

tomcat says we can all keep the meme-award. You can put it up.

We'll all have a look at The Emotional Being now that it's on air again.


Sherri said...

Hi, Ivan. Don't know why I've not been here before, since I see your comments on Liz's blog all the time. So I finally get here and see that you're an honorary Okie. I'm a real Okie, but an honorary one is almost as good ;)

What is that anti-quark thing, anyway?

Congrats on your award. Later.

http://www.creativewriting.ca said...

Hi sherri,

Quarks come in different colours and flavours, and they are inseparable. They are Liz, and Josie and Donnetta and Pam.
One Quark can be a million light years away, and still be somehow connected to the other quarks.(Einstein would probably call me a pischer and a schlemiel, though he was obvoiously a high minded guy).

The Quarks have stretched the physics analogy a bit to include me as the Anti-Quark, that is to say the male of this particular gathering of Quarks.

Like Dogbert, I maintain that the Quarks are mine. They are intelligent enough to pick me for their leader! :).

But the Quarks say that I, the Anti-Quark am just their mascot.
...All the Quarks are female and I am the sole male of the species.

I see by your web page that you are interested in civilizartions that have gone belly-up.

I get into some pretty heavy reading on ancient civilizations too--probably because career-wise, I am often belly-up. Maybe those antique cats knew something.
Gotta keep reading.
Gotta avoid extinction! :)


Josie said...

Hell, no, you're our leader...


Ivancreativewriting.ca said...

Quarkhood's the game, and McDuff is my name! :)


EA Monroe said...

Hiya, Ivan. I haven't gotten around to schmoozing yet! Been too busy at work! ;-b

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Yes. Work.

Durn necessary evil.

I'e tried to avoid it most of my life, but whoops, there's those bills agin.


EA Monroe said...

Ivan, I've been schmoozing this evening, but I don't really have the nerve to go schmooze other folks at their blogs to let them know they were tagged!

Some shy schmoozer I am!! ~Liz

http://www.creativewriting.ca said...


Oh, don't worry.

They'll find out they've been tagged soon enough. Yours is a widely read blog by now.

You could be sort of sneaky, like me and give it to 'em gently, like, "You've just won the Schmozer award. Congratulations! But beware of Greeks bearing gifts, because Ivan is a little bit Greek."
That's more or less how I gave it to Jaye and Sela.
This piqued their curiosity and they were soon posing their
quetions and doubts on my blog.

I think they were a little bit thrilled at the award though.

Let 'er rip! Show no mercy! :)


http://www.creativewriting.ca said...

p.s. to Liz,

I just came back from your blog, where I left the following comment:


Just imagine if James Joyce ran across William Blake and they both got on the "stone" together.
No, not hash (though that would be interesting) but the printer's stone--what the oldfashioned printeres used to work on...There was something called a matrix around the stone. It looked like a picture frame and had little screws and ratchets.
Yep, I'm an old hot-lead man and we used to work on "the stone".
And I do recall putting words into Neil Armstrong's mouth (in a headline) just after he left the moon and got home: "Man, I'm spaced!"

The headline was rejected by this particular newspaper, and, to tell the truth, I was rejected as well. I was fired.
Talk about being spaced!
Last time I smoke that stuff in the composing room.

I don't know what you been smokin', gal, but the blog comes out like James Joyce, with this humongous exclamation mark starting everything off, right from the word explanationmark.

Anyway. The blog is effective, and we can feel your pain.

Pretty good read, actually, stream-of-consciousness or no.

And you managed to tag five other people, which automatically entitles you to the Schmoozer award.



p.p.s: I went out for a walk and lost my fershlugginer glasses.

This is my spare set and I can't seem to see all the typos.


benjibopper said...

if you figure out how to put it up on your sidebar lemme know how too.

http://www.creativewrting.ca said...



I'm stumped too. I'm going to call my techie.

In the meantime, Josie, the "mother-quark" seems to have already put her schmoozer award up.
She is multi-talented and has a tech capability.
Maybe you should ask Josie?

I'be lost half my assets and even my glasses.

Life is good! :)


http://www.creativewriting.ca said...

p.s. to Benjibopper.

You need a permanent post like I have for all my novels and uh, citations.

I don't know how to put up a permanent post without tech support, but E.A. Monroe seems to have managed it.

Try E.A. Monroe (Liz) as well?

But the poor woman works ten hours a day! :-(


TomCat said...

You're most welcome, Ivan. :-)

ivan@creaztivewriting.ca said...

Thanks again.


Josie said...

Ivan, I can tell you how to put stuff on your sidebar, but I will have to e-mail you from home later. It's very, very easy....


islandgrovepress said...



Fear my mind is mush this weekend (no smokes, no booze--dare I say no cooze?.

I also have a lot of stuff up--three novels in their entirety, plus a whole lot of reprinted articles and essays.

I fear if I tinker, I will lose the whole shooting match.
I will be leaning on my techie.

But yeah, send me the email.

I will certainly forward to benjibopper if I can find his e-mail address--maybe even give it to him in a long comment.